Super Sculptures to Spread a Little Joy

Something a little bit different today … a few weeks ago I saw these magical sculptures at the 2010 British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. Each is lovingly crafted with lots of hard work and buckets of imagination by artist Paul Smith. I was really impressed and thought I would pester Paul for some pictures to show you here.

paul smith woman and dodo sculpture

Paul lives and works in the Peak District where he creates his dream-like sculptures. The figures are re-interpretations of fairy tales and fables; each with their own unique twist … Little Red Riding might be found, but in this world she’s a confident femme-fatale, not a victim.

paul smith little red riding hood sculpture

Each piece is richly detailed with a strong visual style, sweeping curves and unmistakable charm. While Paul does work in a variety of materials, the sculptures I have chosen to shown here today are all ceramics. Each is individually moulded by hand and sponge-decorated with oxides, stains and glazes.

paul smith ceramic sculpture

All of the sculptures shown on today’s post are limited editions, signed and dated, with either 12 or 24 in existence. Prices start at £795 and range up to £2,225 for the pieces shown today.

paul smith sculpture

To find out more and pick up a sculpture of your very own go along to the Paul Smith Sculptures website. Alternatively, go along to Paul’s solo show ‘Supernature’ running 17 September – 10 October 2010 at Cambridge Contemporary Art.